Definition of entr'acte in English:


Syllabification: en·tr'acte
Pronunciation: /ˈänˌtrakt, änˈtrakt


  • 1An interval between two acts of a play or opera.
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    • If we bear in mind that the entr'acte takes place whilst Zdenka and Matteo are making love for the first time, then the concept behind Mussbach's production starts to fall into place.
  • 1.1A piece of music or a dance performed during an entr’acte.
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    • The most cherishable of Jay's recordings are two-disc sets which permit inclusion of virtually every bit of the show's score, as well as snippets of dialogue, overtures, entr'actes, incidental music, and underscoring.
    • He asked Mendelssohn to provide songs, entr'actes and brief orchestral episodes for insertion at appropriate points in the play.
    • Columbia is also given high marks for acceding to Lean's original wishes that the overture, entr'acte, and exit music be presented with nothing but a blank screen.


mid 19th century: French (earlier form of entracte), from entre 'between' + acte 'act'.

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